The wife of the Governor of the State of Osun, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, has called for more food production in the state to ensure food security for residents.
Mrs Oyetola said the current food situation in the country has made it necessary for farmers to improve agricultural production on every front.
She also lauded the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for its devotion of intensive efforts to improving agricultural production on all fronts in the State since the inception of the administration.
The Osun First Lady, speaking at the presentation ceremony of the second phase of IleriOluwa Development Initiative (IOD) Women in Agriculture Scheme in Osogbo, on Tuesday, described the agricultural sector as the main pillar for the sustenance of humanity, adding that there is no time better to embrace farming than now.
She added that the current price of foodstuffs in markets across the country demand large production of foods for the citizens.
“I am happy we can reach out again to our women who engage in Agriculture with the vital and necessary supports that they need. The ceremony today is the second phase of the IleriOluwa Development Initiative Agricultural Program scheme.
“The Program was designed to assist low-income female farmers periodically with necessary inputs that will enhance their productivity in the farms, increase their yields and ensure food security for their families.
“Our intervention here today is to serve as catalyst for select women who are in great needs in their farming activities. The first phase comprised of assistance with vegetable seeds, training on effective handling of the seeds and a revolving loans program for farm preparation. This second phase has expanded envelope of inputs which include vegetables, cassava stems, cashew plants, cocoa, chicks and poultry feeds.
“Also, the training module has been retained. So, we have brought some experts here who will speak to us on relevant latest methodology at handling some of the inputs to be given out today. I urge our beneficiaries to continue to take optimum advantage of this intervention”, Mrs Oyetola said.